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J.T. Realmuto drives in 4 runs leading Marlins over Rays

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J.T. Realmuto drove in four runs, Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run double in Miami’s five-run sixth inning, and the Marlins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-6 on Wednesday night. Stanton’s hit capped a stretch of seven consecutive hits, including Realmuto’s two-run single and an RBI single by Christian Yelich, off reliever Austin Pruitt (3-1) to start the sixth. Realmuto added a two-run triple during Miami’s three-run seventh, helping the Marlins to a 10-5 lead. Marcell Ozuna hit a homer estimated…

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Leading off: 3 MLB playoff spots open, 1 day left on schedule

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A GIANT DAY San Francisco holds a one-game lead over St. Louis for the last NL playoff spot going into the final day of the regular season. Matt Moore starts at home for the Giants vs. the Dodgers, and a win gives them the second NL wild-card slot. In St. Louis, Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals need to beat Pittsburgh and hope for a Giants loss to force a one-game tiebreaker. COULD BE CHAOS Baltimore, Toronto, and Detroit all have…

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Trying to make sense of the Jose Fernandez tragedy

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We’ll never know how many games Jose Fernandez would have won, or how many post season games or all-star games he would have enjoyed. Perhaps he would have wound up in Cooperstown or had another appointment with an orthopedic surgeon conducting another Tommy John surgery. All we know for sure is God gave him some natural ability, which he did not take for granted. He was becoming one of the game’s dominating pitchers and enjoying it all the while. Fernandez…

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Surprising Marlins seek reinforcements for stretch run

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As the trading deadline nears, Florida’s other major league team may become a buyer instead of a seller. The Florida Marlins are in the somewhat surprising position of qualifying for the post season. Who would have thought Miami would be ahead of the New York Mets? The Mets, with its strong-armed starting pitching staff was expected to follow up last year’s World Series appearance with another strong run. It has not worked out that way. Injuries to team leader David…

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There is a bright side for the Rays

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One of the great things about baseball is the number of games played in a regular season. One gut-punching, puke-inducing loss is just that; one loss. It can be difficult at times to find the bright side or the silver lining, but here goes. Friday is another day. The same team that broke your hearts last night will be in the other dugout again tonight. To be sure, Thursday night’s 10-7 debacle against the Detroit Tigers was bad enough to…

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Play ball! 3 games on opening day, with Royals-Mets rematch

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Andrew McCutchen vs. Adam Wainwright in the first inning, Josh Donaldson and the bangin’ Toronto Blue Jays teeing off later, then a World Series rematch in Kansas City. Neat way to begin opening day. The forecast at PNC Park calls for temperatures in the upper 30s on Sunday afternoon when McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates host the first game of the 2016 season, facing the St. Louis Cardinals. No worries, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. They played an exhibition game…

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Will Don Mattingly have the time to turn Marlins into winners?

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With the first two games of the World Series in the books, the annual baseball manager shuffle intensified late this week. The practice of hiring “retreads,” or managers fired in one place only to wind up in another, is alive and well. San Diego, disrupted that pattern this week by hiring Arizona Diamondbacks’ third base coach Andy Green. Green replaces the fired Bud Black, who takes over in Washington. The Nationals fired Matt Williams shortly after a monstrously disappointing season…

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